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  • COVER

  • Domus 1002

    Cover: graphic reworking of the storyboard drawn by Mimmo Paladino for the film narrating his L’albero della cuccagna, work, Lecce, 2016

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  • Editorial: A gift to Milan

    Last September we had hoped that Milan might once again become a truly contemporary place of our contemporaneity: a city fully aware of its means, with the capacity to compete on a par with today’s global world. A city with a renewed desire to be at the forefront and to be so by rising out of itself, from its own potential and from what Italy can express. A city keen to cultivate ambitions, not by chasing after other people’s dreams but starting from what it has and what already permanently belongs to it.

    Nicola Di Battista

  • CONFETTI

  • A story of numbers and the Baroque

    Art and numbers, urban space and local tradition are all woven tightly together in the latest work by Mimmo Paladino in Lecce. Here the art critic Toti Carpentieri and the mathematician Michele Emmer both speak about the project, created for the “L’Albero della cuccagna. I nutrimenti dell’arte” initiative curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.

    Toti Carpentieri

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  • One, two, three... Ideas for a storyboard

    Michele Emmer

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  • Bildung-Building

    “Education-building”. “Education-edification”. For Renato Rizzi the ideal and ever-topical teaching programme for any School of Architecture is implied in this semantic constellation, where building is equivalent to edifying a community – of places, forms, minds, ideals: what we commonly call landscape.

    Renato Rizzi

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  • School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne

    Operating according to an experimental studio model, with a particular focus on technology as applied to landscapes, cities and objects, the Australian school – also based in Ho Chi Minh City and Barcelona – teaches that architecture is the result of a dialogue between multiple strongly expressed opinions, and that it must be guided by designers.

    Richard Blythe

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  • Lessons on authentic modernity

    In his recently published book L’altro Movimento Moderno, Kenneth Frampton sets out and develops an area of research that has fascinated him since his undergraduate training: the rediscovery of the programmatic vein in the Modern Movement that was obscured for many years by the official history. Pierre-Alain Croset reviews the book, while Frampton himself explains the thinking behind it.

    Pierre-Alain Croset

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  • Apropos an other modernity

    Kenneth Frampton

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  • Subtle: delicate or infinitesimal

    Every year since 1965 the specialist paper manufacturer Takeo has organised an exhibition to investigate the potentialities of paper. For its latest exhibition, held in Milan to mark the XXI Triennale, the curator Kenya Hara has chosen to reflect on the extreme delicacy of this material to bring out its design essence.

    Kenya Hara

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  • Gerhard Steidl: the story of a publisher through the words of one of his artists

    Publishing a book with the “book genius” is an endeavour that takes time, patience and passion. The photographer Domingo Milella, who spent five years on his, tells of his personal and artistic adventure in the magical Steidlville, a cavern full of dreams, images and stories.

    Domingo Milella

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  • Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, Montana, USA

    The Spanish studio Ensamble pushes architectural design to its limits, understanding it as a gesture of reflection that learns from natural processes and develops through action and experimentation with materials and space – a process whose extreme experimentation is exemplified in their ambitious “living design” set in the spectacular landscape of the Beartooth Mountains.

    Antón García-Abril, Débora Mesa

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  • The development of design should be a collective endeavour

    The lessons of the wise maestros of the last century teach the value of collective endeavour, bringing together the skills of architecture, urban and industrial design, as well as the importance of working in continuity with positive examples, avoiding that showmanship of one-of-a-kind forms which turns buildings into works of pure artistic experimentation.

    Carlo Melograni

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  • PROJECTS

  • La Porte Romaine, Nîmes, France

    Norman Foster has a robust connection to Nîmes where, in 1993, he built a mediatheque beside the Maison Carrée Roman temple. He now returns to the historic fabric of this French city with an apartment building of strong public worth that strikes a masterly balance between traditional iconography and sophisticated construction details.

    Design Foster + Partners. Photos Nigel Young

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  • Kunstmuseum Basel Extension

    The extension of Basel’s Kunstmuseum brings an uncomplicated but unique presence to the old city fabric. Compact and sculptural, it contains a monumental circulation system leading to large exhibition galleries that will host one of Switzerland’s most important contemporary art collections.

    Design Christ & Gantenbein. Photos Stefano Graziani, Julian Salinas

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  • Suburban housing, Aldershot

    With the creation of seven suburban villas, the result of a long design process which led both architects and client to re-examine the original proposal in order to better adapt it to the location, the English studio has created a micro-housing development which majestically balances domestic environments with communal areas.

    Design Sergison Bates architects. Photos Kristien Daem

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  • Exhibition Design in the Palestra Grande in the Pompeii Archaeological Site

    After creating a pyramid in the Pompeii Amphitheatre, Francesco Venezia returns to the same archaeological site with a new intervention. Compositional skill and virtuoso craftsmanship mark the insertion of this new exhibition space in the north wing of the Palestra Grande portico: it is a true machine for exhibiting, creating a subtle interplay of memories and analogies between ancient and modern, between archaeology and museology.

    Design Francesco Venezia. Photos Alessandra Chemollo

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  • Salone del Mobile 2016

    Text Massimo Curzi

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  • The Salone inside and out

    Text Marco Romanelli

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  • Salone del Mobile 2016. Seven points of view

    Texts Alberto Meda, Antonio Citterio, Paolo Rizzatto, Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni, Piero Lissoni, Stefano Giovannoni

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  • Feedback: La Torino di Carlo Olmo

    Carlo Olmo

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  • Elzeviro: The cathedral and the ship

    To inhabit means to design one’s own individuality but it also entails entering into relationships with others. This is why the history of cities is also the history of civilisation, how we structure our space and our time, even though it regards a ephemeral collocation.

    Giulio Giorello

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  • Rassegna: Furniture

    Edited by Centro Studi

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